Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Mitt Romney: Can His Wife Save His Campaign?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Mitt Romney: Can His Wife Save His Campaign?

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Mitt Romney has a big gender gap in head-to-head match-ups with Obama. On Sunday, his wife, Ann, spoke out about women's economic concerns at a campaign event in Illinois.

Ann Romney has begun to speak out more forcefully to women voters - a sure sign that the Romney campaign is trying to shore up its yawning deficit with President Obama in the women's vote.

At a pancake breakfast Sunday in Moline, Ill., the wife of the Republican frontrunner said she was "really upset," and then made a pitch to the women in the crowd.

"I love it that women are upset, too, that women are talking about the economy, I love that," Mrs. Romney said, according to ABC News. "Women are talking about jobs, women are talking about deficit spending. Thank you, women. We need you. We all need you in November, too. We have to remember why we're upset and what we've got to do to fix things."

Mitt Romney, appearing at the same event, continued on the women's theme: "You've got a lot of moms that are driving their kids to school and practice after school and other appointments and wonder how they can afford putting gasoline in the car, at the same time putting food on the table night after night," he said.

The latest polls provide signs of a full-blown crisis for Romney in the women's vote, if he's the Republican nominee. The Pew Research Center shows Obama with a 20-point advantage over Romney among women (and a 3-point advantage among men). Fox News has Obama leading Romney among women by 12 points, with Romney leading Obama among men by 5 points.

A gender gap isn't necessarily fatal to Romney. Since 1980, every presidential election has featured a gender gap - the difference in the percentage of men and women who support a particular candidate - and Republicans have still managed to win some. In 2008, Obama enjoyed a 7-point gender gap: He beat John McCain among women 56-43 and among men 49-48. …

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